Monday, 26 January 2009

Tina Turner

Anticipation. Just before the Tina turner concert.
Opwinding. Getekend vlak voordat de lichten uit gingen voor de Tina Turner show.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Inanimate objects

I pity inanimate objects, because they can't move. From specks of dust to paperweights. Is a tree as a rocking horse an ambition fulfilled? And is the sawdust jealous?
This was a song from Godley and Creme (ex-10cc), from the album "Freeze Frame", somewhere at the end of the 80s. My must favoured LP (you young ones: ask your dad what's that about). The song always keeps humming in my mind. Like G&C say in the song: I worry about these things.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Tina Turner

Tina Turner in concert: yesterday evening in Cologne. Fantastic. I can only wish for her energy when I will be lucky enough to reach 69. Here she hovers meters above the crowd on a long footbridge while performing "nutbush citylimits" and running around on stiletto shoes. Below: "private dancer"
Tina Turner in concert, in Keulen, gisteravond. Geweldig. Boven "nutbush city limits" en onder "private dancer"

Saturday, 17 January 2009


Mart, my 16 year old son, shaved himself for the first time last week. A good moment to keep a family tradition: eat "bossche bollen".
Mart schoor zichzelf voor de eerste keer afgelopen week. Dus volgens Fijten-traditie: Bossche bollen.

Friday, 16 January 2009


My first entry to the moleskine exchange 58. A group of artist around the world each start with a japanese fold sketchbook. And sent it to the next in the list, who adds a drawing and sends it to the next. There are 7 people in my group, from Russia, USA, Canada and Peru. Obviously, my drawing is an impression from my home town; I'll send it to Moscow tomorrow.
Mijn eerste tekening voor de moleskine exchange. Een groep van 7 tekenaars start elk met een japans tekenboekje en stuurt dat naar de volgende, die er weer iets bijtekent. Dit was mijn eerste tekening met als thema: "de rondreizende moleskine"

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Schaatsen bij het kasteel

Skating around on the ponds of the castle of Hoensbroek, my town. At last, after 12 years we could skate here again. Schaatsen om kasteel Hoensbroek, vanmorgen vroeg.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009


Snow and frost. I drew this picture on a bend in the road near Moulingen (Belgium) early this morning; by the time I finished my hands and feet were freezing. Frost at last, it was -20 last night.
Vrieskou en sneeuw: na zoveel jaar weer een keer. Deze schets gemaakt op de Maastrichterstraat in Moulingen. Brrrrr...

Monday, 5 January 2009

Philip Guston

I visited the museum of modern art in Cologne together with my daughter, Rianne. A small drawing inspired by the paintings of Philip Guston, an artist apparently well known in the 60-70s. I didn't know him, but Marty on Skineart pointed me to him.
Bezoek aan Keulen, museum voor moderne kunst. Tekening geinspireerd op werk van Philip Guston.

Thursday, 1 January 2009


Personally I'm not a Hundertwasser fan. I find his designs to be too noisy for my taste. But last monday I visited "Childern's valley" in Valkenburg (my 17-year old son Mart volonteerd to work there for a day). It's a holiday house for physically and mentally handicapped childeren and their parents. I was really impressed, not only at the architecture, but also on the joy of the children and the determination of the personnel.
We take too much for granted.